Giallo

Giallo

Giallo. That word you have heard a thousand times before. Maybe you've heard it before being a true Giallo aficionado and you know your Locked Room Vices from your Forbidden Photos.

Or maybe, just maybe, you've heard that name and thought "What on earth is that??" but have been shamed in to a corner to not pop your head up and know more. Well, your friends here at ARROW want to make that right. This is a space you can watch things for the first time or watch them for the hundredth time - let us help out with our ARROW Giallo collection!

Consider it a kind of starter pack to the wonderful Giallo sub-genre and delve in to some of the most iconic examples of Giallo that have ever been made. Marvel at the visual splendour of The Fifth Cord. Coil back in horror at the murderously violent glee of Strip Nude For Your Killer (USA and Canada only). Watch what many say is one of the greatest examples of Giallo in Dario Argento's Deep Red. Or maybe see what a modern take on the genre looks like in the ARROW Exclusive The Last Matinee.

That's all there, and more, as we present to you an incredible selection to start with and explore in the ARROW Giallo collection

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  • Smile Before Death

    1972 • Italy • Directed by Silvio Amadio

    In Silvio Amadio’s Smile Before Death, familicide with a sprinkling of Oedipal love is the order of the day when teenager Nancy (Jenny Tamburi, The Suspicious Death of a Minor) returns home to discover the apparent suicide of her mother, and quickly comes...

  • The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive

    1972 • Italy • Directed by Francesco Mazzei

    Horny priests and self-flagellating nuns abound in Francesco Mazzei’s The Weapon, the Hour, the Motive, as police commissioner Franco Boito (Renzo Montagnani, Massacre in Rome) investigates the brutal murder of a young clergyman, only to enter into an ...

  • The Killer Reserved Nine Seats

    1974 • Italy • Directed by Giuseppe Bennati

    In Giuseppe Bennati’s The Killer Reserved Nine Seats, an assortment of wealthy degenerates – including Italian cult mainstays Andrea Scotti (Django, Prepare a Coffin) and Howard Ross (The Pyjama Girl Case) – answer the summons of an eccentric nobleman ...

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a film which redefined the ‘giallo’ genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom.

    Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, W...

  • Deep Red

    From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red - arguably the ultimate giallo movie. One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street be...

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails

    When a break-in occurs at a secretive genetics institute, blind puzzle-maker Franco Arnò (Karl Malden: Patton, One-Eyed Jacks), who overheard an attempt to blackmail one of the institute's scientists shortly before the robbery, teams up with intrepid reporter Carlo Giordani (James Franciscus: Ben...

  • Death Walks at Midnight

    Valentina - a model who, in the midst of a drug-fuelled photoshoot, witnesses a brutal murder in the apartment opposite hers. But when it becomes clear that the savage slaying she describes relates to a crime that took place six months earlier, the police are at a loss - forcing Valentina to solv...

  • The Corruption of Chris Miller

    1975 • Spain • Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem

    Chris Miller (former Spanish child star, Marisol) lives with her stepmother Ruth (Jean Seberg; Breathless) in a large secluded mansion in the countryside. Both women have been traumatized by the mysterious disappearance of Chris' father but their is...

  • All the Colors of the Giallo

    2019 • Italy • Directed by Federico Caddeo

    'Giallo' is Italian for 'yellow', the color of the lurid pulp novels that inspired one of the most intense, extreme and influential genres in movie history. In this unprecedented collection, experience the chronological evolution of giallo with more th...

  • Death Has Blue Eyes

    1976 · Greece · Directed by Nico Mastorakis

    Death Has Blue Eyes is a gripping paranormal action thriller with shades of giallo from the director of the cult classic video nasty Island of Death (1976). When local gigolo Chess (Chris Nomikos) greets his vacationing friend Bob Kovalski (Peter Winte...

  • Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I have the Key

    Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale “The Black Cat”, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, from director Sergio Martino (Torso), weaves the key motifs from Poe’s gothic yarn into one of the most sensual films from the Golden era of giallo. Luigi Pistilli (Milano Calibro ...

  • A Quiet Place to Kill

    1970 • Italy • Directed by Umberto Lenzi

    Initially released under the Italian title "Paranoia", Carroll Baker stars as a glamorous race car driver in her third collaboration with director Umberto Lenzi. Entangled in a lurid affair with her ex-husband, his wealthy new wife, and a twisted web of l...

  • Paranoia

    1969 • Italy • Directed by Umberto Lenzi

    Carroll Baker stars as an American widow who arrives at her late husband's luxurious Italian estate and surrenders to an orgy of menages à trois, madness, and murder. Writer/director Umberto Lenzi boldly fills the screen with bourgeois depravity, daring s...

  • So Sweet So Perverse

    1969 • Italy • Directed by Umberto Lenzi

    A kinky retelling of DIABOLIQUE featuring lush Paris locations, trippy flashbacks, a swinging score by Riz Ortolani (MONDO CANE, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST) and an all-star EuroCult cast that includes Jean-Louis Trintignant (THE GREAT SILENCE, THE CONFORMIST), Er...

  • Knife of Ice

    1972 • Italy • Directed by Umberto Lenzi

    From its opening Edgar Allen Poe quote to the insane climactic twist, this collaboration between co-writer/director Umberto Lenzi and Golden Globe winner/Academy Award nominee Carroll Baker is "something quite unique" (Gore Girl), with Baker as a traumati...

  • Death Walks on High Heels

    In Death Walks on High Heels (1971), exotic dancer Nicole (Navarro), the daughter of a murdered jewel thief, finds herself terrorised by a black-clad assailant determined on procuring her father's stolen gems. Fleeing Paris and her knife-wielding pursuer, Nicole arrives in London only to discover...

  • Torso

    A sex maniac is prowling the streets of Perugia, targeting the picturesque university town's female students. Alarmed at the plummeting life expectancy of the student body, Jane (Suzy Kendall, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) and her three friends elope to a secluded country villa - only to dis...

  • Don't Torture A Duckling

    From Lucio Fulci, the godfather of gore (The Psychic, The Beyond), comes one of the most powerful and unsettling giallo thrillers ever produced: his 1972 masterpiece Don't Torture a Duckling.

    When the sleepy rural village of Accendura is rocked by a series of murders of young boys, the supersti...

  • The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (original Italian audio)

    One of the major consequences of Western Europe's post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences' desire to experience the glamour of the jet-set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at the...

  • The Bloodstained Butterfly

    When a young female student is savagely killed in a park during a thunderstorm, the culprit seems obvious: her lover. The evidence against him is damning... but is it all too convenient? And when the killer strikes again while Marchi is in custody, it quickly becomes apparent that there's more to...

  • The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (English version)

    One of the major consequences of Western Europe's post-war Economic Miracle was the proliferation of international travel. Eager to tap into audiences' desire to experience the glamour of the jet-set lifestyle, the popular filmmakers of the day rushed to make the most of the exotic locales at the...

  • The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion

    Before the influence of Dario Argento's 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage' permeated every corner of the giallo genre, another strain of these distinctive Italian thrillers enjoyed considerable success. These "melodrama gialli", heavily inspired by Clouzot's 'Les diaboliques', relied less on gra...

  • The Fifth Cord

    The success of Dario Argento's 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage' ushered in a host of imitators, seeking to capitalise on this new, modern take on the giallo thriller. Many were highly derivative, but a number nonetheless rose above the crowd thanks to skilful execution and a willingness to exp...

  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave

    1971 • Italy • Directed by Emilio Miraglia

    At the height of the Italian giallo boom of the early 1970s, scores of filmmakers turned their hand to crafting their own unique takes on these lurid murder-mystery thrillers.

    In The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, director Emilio P. Miraglia (The ...